Looking for unique decoration ideas your home this holiday season? Make fishing line Christmas tree ornaments quickly and easily and hang them in a variety of locations throughout your house. All you need to make these simple yet pretty Christmas tree decorations is some fishing line, glue, mounting hooks and the Christmas balls you already have lying around.
When hung from fishing line, Christmas ornaments appear to float in the air.
Suspend them from a rod over a long dining room table or cluster them under a chandelier. Lay them out as home decor across a tabletop. Line them up along your tree skirt or stagger them in front of a sunny window to reflect natural or artificial light. When hung from fishing line, the Christmas ornaments will appear to be floating in the air. You can even get really creative and suspend them in the shape of a xmas tree.
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Things You'll Need
Mounting hooks (optional)
Christmas tree ornaments
Purchase fishing line
Purchase fishing line that is labeled as having high knot strength. A 30-pound weight with low stretch is an ideal line to support the ornaments and not stretch while hanging.
Design your holiday arrangement
Determine if you will be hanging all the Christmas balls at the same height or at staggered heights and what size you will use. Also, decide if you are hanging the ornaments directly from individual hooks, from an existing light fixture or shelf or installing a separate grid or bar.
Mount your hooks
Mount any hooks you will need to hang the ornaments. If you are hanging individual ornaments, small cup hooks will provide adequate support. If you are hanging the ornaments from a bar or grid above a table or buffet, position the appropriate number of hooks to suspend the weight of the bar or grid. Then, just hang the bar or grid from the hooks using the appropriate hardware.
Determine the length needed
Determine the distance from the hook or grid to the location where you want each ornament to hang. Double each of these measurements, add 3 inches and cut the fishing line with scissors.
When planning the length of your hanging ornaments, make sure they’re high enough so that people don’t walk into them accidentally and so young children and pets can’t reach them.
Thread the fishing line
Thread the length of the fishing line through the loop at the top of each ornament and pull it through to the center of the line. Tie a tight double knot to secure the line to the ornament.
For a modern farmhouse look, use twine in place of fishing line. Or, you can bead the fishing line for a vintage ornament look.
Hang your holiday decorations
To hang your Christmas crafts from a hook, tie the two ends of the line together about 3 inches from the ends. Tie a second knot. Add a drop of instant glue to secure.
To hang from a chandelier, bar or grid, wrap the two ends of the fishing line around the object and tie them together. Tie a second knot and apply a small drop of instant glue to secure.
Double knotting and applying a drop of glue will ensure that your fragile ornaments do not weigh down the fishing line, causing the knots to open and the ornament to fall. Make sure to leave a 1/2-inch tail of fishing line after knotting it.
Home decor boost
Give your home decor a noticeable boost this holiday season by making your own alternative Christmas tree out of fishing line and the Christmas ornaments you already own. Enjoy a snowy white Christmas with a beautiful DIY Christmas tree, a centerpiece or table decorations you make yourself. You can further upgrade the look with tinsel, fake pine needles or Christmas lights.